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Toxic Shock Syndrome!

toxic shock syndrome

Toxic shock syndrome is the result of toxins produced by Staphylococcus aureus bacteria or a group A streptococcus (strep) bacteria. It is a seriously rare, life-threatening type of bacterial infection. Toxic shock syndrome is and has always been associated with the use of super-absorbent tampons. There are lots of manufacturers who pulled certain types of tampons off the market (the heavily plastic laden tampons which are the route cause for Toxic Shock Syndrome) which led to the declining incidence of toxic shock syndrome in menstruating women, as women started to use other products that would suit them better and they felt safer sitting on like disposable sanitary pads. Toxic shock syndrome can affect anyone, including men, children and postmenopausal women. Risk factors for toxic shock syndrome include skin wounds and surgery. So please do read into this document very carefully so that we can all be well informed about TSS (Toxic Shock Syndrome)


Possible signs and symptoms of toxic shock syndrome include:

  • A sudden high fever will be one of the primary indicators.
  • Low blood pressure (hypotension) is a result of the toxic shock syndrome.
  • Vomiting or diarrhea 
  • A rash resembling a sunburn, particularly on your palms and soles
  • Confusion
  • Muscle aches
  • Redness of your eyes, mouth and throat
  • Seizures
  • Headaches

symptoms of toxic shock syndrome

If any of these symptoms are familiar to you or to anyone you know you must be responsible, not shy of the problem but face the problem. If detected like any other problem at an early stage we will surely be able to come through with a solution.

When to see a doctor

Call your doctor as soon as / immediately if you have signs or symptoms of toxic shock syndrome, please do not delay this. You can take it as a regular test timely, that is what we recommend in the case of toxic shock syndrome.. This is especially important if you've recently used tampons or if you have a skin or wound infection.


Most commonly, Staphylococcus aureus (staph) bacteria cause toxic shock syndrome. The syndrome can also be caused by group A streptococcus (strep) bacteria. So I can imagine Staphylococcus aureus. What is that?? It is the most dangerous of all the common bacteria. It causes skin infection primarily but can also cause pneumonia, heart valve infection  and bone infection.

risk of toxic shock syndrome

Risk factors

Toxic shock syndrome can affect anyone. About half the cases of toxic shock syndrome associated with Staphylococcus bacteria occur in women of menstruating age; the rest occur in older women, men and children. Streptococcal toxic shock syndrome occurs in people of all ages.

Toxic shock syndrome has been associated with:

  • Having cuts or burns on your skin
  • Having had recent surgery
  • Using contraceptive sponges, diaphragms or super-absorbent tampons
  • Having a viral infection, such as the flu or chickenpox


Toxic shock syndrome can progress rapidly. Complications may include:

  • Shock
  • Renal failure
  • Death

toxic shock syndrome


  1. If you use tampons, read the labels and use the lowest absorbency tampon you can. 
  2. Change tampons frequently, at least every four to eight hours. 
  3. Alternate using tampons and sanitary napkins, and use minipads when your flow is light.
  4. Toxic shock syndrome can recur. People who've had it once can get it again. 
  5. If you've had toxic shock syndrome or a prior serious staph or strep infection, don't use tampons.

Please go over this article twice if you have to but it is essential for you to understand this problem to be able to face it head on. Please do keep a regular check and i'm sure we all should be well!

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